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The Slow Death of Apple’s Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

In October 2016, Apple released the first MacBook Pro models featuring the controversial Touch Bar – a touchscreen strip that replaced the traditional function keys. This redesign proved unpopular over time.

Removal of Key Features Upset Users

The 2016 redesign also controversially removed many ports, including SD card, HDMI, and MagSafe. Physical Esc and function keys were replaced by the Touch Bar, upsetting some users.

Initial Hype, But Lack of Staying Power

Apple initially hyped the Touch Bar as a “revolutionary” change. But it clearly failed to excite users enough to stick around long-term. In addition, you can also read an article on- Apple Next MacBook Pro with Touch Screen could Appear in 2025

Apple Slowly Walks Back the Touch Bar

In 2019, Apple added a physical Esc key back, though kept the Touch Bar. In 2021, higher-end MacBook Pros went back to physical function keys fully.

Touch Bar Gone for Good with Discontinuation of 13-inch Model

With the discontinuation of the 13-inch MacBook Pro this week, the last Touch Bar model is gone. Only refurbished models have it now. Additionally, you can also read about- Macbook Air 15 Review: Performance, Design, and User Experience [Updated]

Could Touch Bar Make a Comeback?

The Touch Bar could return if a lower-cost 13-inch MacBook Pro is re-released. But there’s no evidence yet of Apple planning to bring back this unpopular feature.


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